South Korea to send books North to mark World Book Capital

Among several plans to promote literature, South Korea hopes to send children’s books to the North as part of Incheon’s turn as UNESCO World Book Capital 2015: Publishing Perspectives

The unfolding South Korean ferry tragedy has cast a pall over Incheon’s plans to celebrate its status as UNESCO World Book Capital 2015.  The ferry was traveling from Incheon Port to the southern resort island of Jeju. At the London Book Fair, where Korea was Market Focus, many of the proposed schemes for the year-long accolade were on display.

South Korea plans to send children’s books to the North as part of Incheon’s celebrations as UNESCO World Book Capital 2015. Speaking at the London Book Fair last week, Seung-Hyun Moon, Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association, said: “Incheon is very close to the border and includes many islands, one of which – Yeonpyeong – was bombarded by the North last year and has become a symbol of the divided Korean peninsula.  Now we want Incheon province to be a symbol of peace and harmony. We want to show that books can overcome the boundaries between North and South.”

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